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Family establishes scholarship at GGC

LAWRENCEVILLE — Grayson residents Greg and Tammy Shumate recently established an annual scholarship fun in memory of Greg’s mother, Linda.

The Linda Shumate Scholarship Fund will provide at least $10,000 a year in scholarship support to students who demonstrate financial need and maintain full-time status and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.7.

Preference will be given to students who experienced the loss of a parent before 8 years of age, which affected the student’s ability to attend college, according to a news release.

“I lost my mother when I was 6 years old. I was ‘adopted’ by Gwinnett County aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbors and teachers,” Greg Shumate said. “Our family has been blessed by living in Gwinnett, and we wanted to extend the same support to those who have suffered a similar loss.”

Greg’s wife, Tammy, is a member of the Grayson City Council.

The scholarship may be renewed by recipients for up to four years, the news release states.

“The GGC Foundation is humbled by the Shumate family’s commitment to remembering Linda through this scholarship,” said Gordon Harrison, president of the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation. “The preferred criteria recognize the profound impact that the loss of a parent can have on a child’s future. We applaud the Shumates’ efforts to help students who faced such circumstances.”